10 Años de Fotohistorias: an Esperanza exhibit


Patrick Martinez

San Antonio has a beautiful and rich culture that surrounds the city that keeps locals here and entices many from around the world to stay.  There are lots of neighborhoods in San Antonio both historic and not.  The West side of San Anto is rich with Hispanic (mainly Mexican) inspired art in murals, festivals and more.  Just driving down Guadalupe St. you can see all the murals and historic pictures of San Antonio’s West side from the 1800s to 1950.  

Just North of downtown (922 San Pedro Ave) lies an exhibit at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center at San Antonio College.  “This exhibit honors and preserves the people, cultures, and traditions of old West side San Antonio,” explained Jessica Gonzales, cultural art programmer at Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. “The name of this project is En Aquellos Tiempos, or ‘of those times’, and this is the ten year anniversary. And most of these photographs have never been seen except to those who donated and their families.”  

It’s been ten years since En Aquellos Tiempos was created, and a walk-through of this exhibit is a blast to the past.  Complete with food, drinks and Tejano music, it’s easy to get lost in the time warp of decades-old photographs.  

The exhibit runs from 10 a.m. to 7p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 30 at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center at 922 San Pedro Ave.  Visit and come face-to-face with the historic West side and its people.